The injury was nowhere serious enough for the Rockies to place Fowler (.290, 12 HR, 41 RBIs) on the 15-day disabled list. Manager Jim Tracy said prior to the game he would try not to use Fowler in a reserve role on Saturday, then would re-evaluate him on Sunday.
"I don't have a clue [how long it will be before I can start again]. It just came up on me, so you never know," Fowler said. "I reached up and felt it in my back. It was my whole back, so it wasn't just one spot. I think it was a spasm."
Eric Young Jr. started in center and recent callup Matt McBride made his first career Major League start in right -- a difficult place at AT&T Park, with its odd dimensions and strange bounces off the wall. McBride, who joined the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Indians last year, has played catcher, outfield and first base in the Minors.
"This is a nice right field to learn how to play in," Tracy said. "It's an opportunity to see both from [McBride] -- play him at first base, play him some in the outfield. That's exactly what he was doing in the Minor Leagues. I like to see people for myself, so I don't have to rely on so many other opinions."